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Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941$
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Ingo Farin and Jeff Malpas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034012

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034012.001.0001

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The Black Notebooks in Their Historical and Political Context

The Black Notebooks in Their Historical and Political Context

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Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941

Ingo Farin

The MIT Press

This chapter situates the Black Notebooks within the relevant hermeneutical, i.e., historical and philosophical, situation in which they were written. It is argued that Heidegger’s involvement with National Socialism is a short-lived episode, based on his initial hopes in the charismatic Führer, but with little ideological overlap between Heidegger’s themes and official Nazi programs and policies. The Black Notebooks show how Heidegger’s growing disaffection with and criticism of National Socialism leads to his signature critique of metaphysical subjectivism as the crucial problem of modernity. Contra Trawny, it is argued that Heidegger developed no systematic or “ontohistorical anti-Semitism,” although a certain kind of non-racially based cultural anti-Semitism does seep into his texts. Philosophically speaking, the Black Notebooks show how Heidegger gradually frees himself from metaphysical thinking and eventually abandons the key-focus on the historical in favour of the topological domain of being.

Keywords:   ontohistorical anti-Semitism, Trawny, metaphysics of subjectivity, criticism of National Socialism, modernity, the historical, topology, Jeff Malpas

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